International Year of Youth

International Year of Youth

BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5

WE TAKE NOTE that 1985 has been set apart as the International Year of Youth.

WE BELIEVE this to be an important emphasis in view of the following statistics published by the United Nations:

a) In 1980 there were 657 million young people under 35 years of age in the world. By 2000 it is estimated that there will be 880 million.

b) In the same period the number of young people in Africa, Asia and Latin America will have doubled.

WE CALL UPON Baptists of the world, in cooperation with other Christians, to make one of their evangelistic goals the winning of a whole new generation of young people for Christ, by sharing with them the Gospel of hope as the only answer to the many problems and dangers facing them — nuclear threat, unemployment, drugs, hunger, poverty, materialism, racism, violence, etc.

WE ESPECIALLY URGE the Alliance, the Regional fellowships, the member conventions and unions and all our churches to promote leadership training among young people under 35 and entrust greater responsibility to them in the life and mission of the church.

WE WOULD ENCOURAGE the Nominating Committee and President-nominee to give careful consideration to the placement of young people in the committees, commissions and programs of the Alliance.

WE UNDERTAKE to do all within our power to encourage and enable maximum participation by young people in the Los Angeles Congress.

FINALLY, WE UNDERLINE the three-fold motivation of this resolution:
a) to bring to the world’s young people the blessings of salvation through Jesus Christ alone;
b) to recognize and receive the significant contribution which young people have to make;
c) to develop experienced and gifted Christian leadership for the future of both Church and Society.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Claas, Gerhard, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Gerhard Claas, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1984 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1984), pp. 87-88.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5 International Year of Youth; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1984.5).

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BWA Centenary and Funding

BWA General Council Resolution 2002.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Seville, Spain, July 8-13 2002:

THANKS God for the Baptist World Alliance, consisting of more than 44 million baptized believers in an extended community of some 100 million people;

ACKNOWLEDGES with appreciation its strategic ministry of calling persons to personal faith in Jesus Christ, defending human rights, advocating social justice, meeting human needs and training Baptist leaders and churches to deepen their impact for Christ in their communities;

REGRETS that as the Baptist World Alliance anticipates its Centennial celebration in 2005, it faces a financial crisis due to inadequate funding from its member bodies;

CALLS each member body to a renewed commitment to the Baptist World Alliance;

URGES each member body to make a financial contribution to the BWA each year; CHALLENGES those member bodies who presently give to increase their financial support; ENCOURAGES each member body to promote the BWA among their member churches; and

CALLS upon the members of the General Council, Committees, Work Groups and Commissions to make a generous one-time gift to help offset the present budget deficit and to model to the member bodies continuing support through annual gifts to the BWA.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2002 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2002.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2002 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2002), pp. 92-93.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2002.2 Centenary and Funding; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2002.2).

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Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge

BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

COMMENDS the Micah network (Micah 6.8) in their desire to strengthen the capacity of aid and development agencies such as Baptist World Aid to make a biblically-shaped response to the needs of the poor and oppressed in line with the World Evangelical Alliance resolution of 2001 to support the UN initiative to halve current levels of world poverty by 2015;

SUPPORTS the desire of the Baptist World Aid Committee to co-operate with over 270 evangelical Christian organisations providing relief, development and social justice ministries throughout the world, to launch the Micah Challenge on Millennium Development Goals on 15 October 2004, the day of the launch of the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty;

APPLAUDS the Micah Challenge to work to see the UN Millennium Goals achieved by 2015, which include

  • addressing issues of extreme poverty and hunger,
  • achieving universal primary education for all,
  • reducing child mortality,
  • reduction of diseases such as HIV/AIDs,
  • greater gender equality,
  • protection of the environment,
  • reduction of the debt of the poorest nations,
  • greater trade justice;

ENCOURAGES the churches of the Baptist World Alliance to join with other Christians to do all we can through our unions, conventions, aid and development agencies and Baptist World Aid to join this Micah challenge with prayerful, practical action in our nations and communities;

BELIEVES Christians everywhere must be agents of hope for and with the poor, and to work with others to hold our national and global leaders accountable in securing a more just and merciful world; and,

CALLS UPON the nations of the world to take seriously the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations in the desire to halve current levels of world poverty by 2015 and upon the richest nations to take urgent action to ensure that at least 0.7% of the national GNP is used to this end.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), pp. 86-87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3 Baptist World Aid and the Micah Challenge; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2004.3).

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Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance

BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, July 28-31, 2004:

NOTES that the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Indianapolis in June 2004 voted to approve a recommendation from its Executive Committee to withdraw from the family of the Baptist World Alliance;

ACKNOWLEDGES with gratitude the enormous contribution made by the Southern Baptist Convention in the formation of the Baptist World Alliance 100 years ago and in the continued development and effectiveness of the Baptist World Alliance since its inception;

REGRETS the decision of the Southern Baptist Convention to withdraw from the world Baptist family resulting in loss of unity and a compromise of the worldwide testimony of all Baptists;

REJECTS the charges made by the SBC leadership and supports the efforts of the BWA officers and staff to respond to these charges;

HOPES for a future reconciliation and renewal of SBC membership; and WELCOMES those from the SBC who wish to participate in the life of the BWA.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2004 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2004), p. 87.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4 Withdrawal of the Southern Baptist Convention from the Family of the Baptist World Alliance; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2004.4).

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Action on Corruption

BWA General Council Resolution 2007.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering, meeting in Accra, Ghana, July 2-7, 2007:

Laments the presence and power of corruption in many levels of society throughout the world and especially within government and corporate elites;

Denounces corruption as sin and as unacceptable for any individual or group in any community;

Affirms that engagement on public issues including government and corporate corruption is an important element of our Baptist witness in the world;

Recognizes that failure to engage in such issues in an informed and prophetic manner may contribute to the growth of corruption and its harmful effects in our communities;

Commends the past efforts by individual and corporate Baptists seeking to address the symptoms and causes of corruption through education, advocacy, lobbying, protest and refusal to participate in incidents of corruption;

Confesses our general failure as Baptists to follow the Scriptural mandate to speak prophetically and effectively against corruption in all its forms in society and in our churches;

Resolves to work intentionally and persistently to expose, challenge and pursue the elimination of corruption wherever it exists;

Calls upon the Baptist World Alliance to facilitate the creation of structures and the provision of educational resources for our churches and denominational bodies to understand and respond to contemporary debates and decisions on corruption in public policy and state legislation; and

Calls upon the constituent bodies of the Baptist World Alliance to establish and maintain effective structures and processes to achieve biblically and theologically informed social transformation in their regions.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2007 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2007), pp. 96- 97.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2007.5 Action on Corruption; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.